Monday, June 17, 2013

Pool Play Party & Practice

A few weekends ago when it was 110 degrees out, I decided to take the kids to the pool at my mom's house. Mr. Howard had to work and we were SO bummed he couldn't join us, but my mom and sister did join us! Thank goodness. Because there was NO way I could have done that by myself (see that photo of all three kids on my hips! Yikes!).
My kids generally fit certain roles. Aiden is our adventurous/no fear child. He'll run down a huge hill at top speed, never considering the fact that he may roll down it head-over-heels. He jumps head-first into adventures and bounces and giggles while he's doing it. Isabella is our reserved child. She is shy and timid, but gains confidence after trying something new. She's usually the one on the sidelines figuring out the best way to do something, but when she does it - she does it WELL and hardly falls or stumbles. Connor is sort of a mix of his two younger siblings. He used to have absolutely no fear like Aiden, but then toddler reality crept in. He loves to try new things and be adventurous, but he's cautious - having experienced the consequences of being too adventurous.

So, you'll be shocked to know that when it came to the pool, Aiden and Isabella COMPLETELY swapped roles. My normally adventurous, thrill-seeking child stayed on the sidelines and didn't want to go swimming at all. My normally reserved and cautious child, jumped straight into my arms and cried if I had to set her down on the side of the pool. WHAT?!?
Seriously. How cute are they!
Connor loved the pool - but he's always loved it. He has figured out, though, that he can't just go out into the middle of the pool (Yep! He tried that and I just about died seeing my baby's arms flailing in distress!). We bought him a pool noodle and he took them and used them to float back and forth between my mom, sister, and me.
Isabella refused to leave my arms. She wanted to be in the water at all times and threw huge temper tantrums if I wanted to set her down.
Can you tell how excited Isabella was to be in her swimsuit?!?
We signed Connor up for Swim Lessons starting July 1st and they are "no parent" participation classes, so I really want to get Connor in the pool as much as we can between now and then - so he can gain confidence on his own. Last year we did private swim lessons and Mr. Howard and I participated in it with him and it didn't go well. I think that it will help TREMENDOUSLY having Connor in a class with other kids - sort of a positive peer pressure. If he loves the lessons, I'll sign him for another session that would start after the first ends.


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we've started going to the pool this summer and Kylie's courage increased so much with each trip! I actually had to go out and buy puddle jumpers because she wants to walk around by herself.

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I don't know what puddle jumpers are!! I'm going to google them. 😊

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I found out about them because another 18mo was wearing them! Kylie is technically too small for them (she's 22lbs) but they still work really well!

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